PARIS (AP) -- The punishing hairpin climb to the Alpe d'Huez ski station high in the French Alps will provide the dramatic climax for the 2015 Tour de France, before cycling's showcase race sweeps into Paris for its traditional finish in front of cheering crowds on the Champs-Elysees.
Austrian rider Matthias Brandle broke cycling's historic hour record on Thursday after covering a distance of 51.852 kilometers at the UCI Velodrome. The 24-year-old Brandle, the Austrian time trial champion, eclipsed Jens Voigt's mark of 51.1 kilometers, improving his record by 742 meters. ''In the first few minutes I just wanted to get on with it but then it became more complicated,'' Brandle said. Now I am really happy.'' The UCI first announced that Brandle had covered 51.850 kilometers but the rider's team, IAM Cycling, later said the distance had been revised to 51.852 kilometers before cycling's governing body confirmed the record.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 10:06 pm
BERNE (Reuters) - Austria's Matthias Braendle set a new one hour record of 51.85 kilometres on Thursday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Twitter. The 24-year-old, riding at the World Cycling Centre in the Swiss town of Aigle, beat Jens Voigt's mark of 51.11 km which was set on Sept. 18 in nearby Grenchen. Braendle was ahead of Voigt's mark by more than 50 seconds at the halfway point and managed to break the record despite a few wobbles in the last 10 minutes. ...
Posted: October 30, 2014, 9:12 pm
SAO PAULO (AP) -- The Brazilian cycling federation says it has suspended national road race champion Marcia Fernandes for two years for doping, virtually ending her chances of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Posted: October 30, 2014, 5:50 pm
PARIS (AP) -- Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has capped his tumultuous season by winning the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2014.
Posted: October 29, 2014, 2:43 pm
Cycling's governing body is joining forces with the World Anti-Doping Agency in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Czech rider Roman Kreuziger was cleared of doping violations by his national Olympic committee. The UCI and WADA say they are appealing with a request ''that consideration be given to a sanction for Kreuziger.'' The Czech Olympic Committee ruled last month that anomalies in Kreuziger's biological passport dating to 2011-12 did not break any limits.
Posted: October 24, 2014, 12:16 pm
Posted: October 22, 2014, 1:40 pm
(Adds Nibali quotes) By Julien Pretot PARIS, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Wind, cobbles, punchy climbs, a handful of gruelling mountain-top finishes, almost no individual time trial -- Tour de France organisers have designed one of the most exciting courses for the 2015 race, which will heavily favour the climbers. The Tour will climax with a nervous, demanding penultimate stage finishing at l'Alpe d'Huez with the race winner likely emerging from a nerve-wracking three-week dogfight. ...
Posted: October 22, 2014, 12:19 pm
PARIS (AP) -- The 21 stages of the 2015 Tour de France announced Wednesday by Tour organizers:
Posted: October 22, 2014, 10:04 am